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Anterior interbody fusion (ALIF)
Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) is a spine surgery that involves approaching the spine from the front of the body to remove disc or bone material from in between two adjacent lumbar vertebrae. The procedure may be performed either as an open surgery or using minimally invasive techniques.
Why choose Manipal Hospitals
Our neurosciences team is proficient in executing the most skilled of minimally invasive methods. In most cases, it is team effort where a vascular surgeon assists the orthopaedic surgeon with opening and exposing the disk space. In the first part of this procedure, your neurosurgeon will remove the intervertebral disk from the disk space. When the disk space has been cleared out, a metal, plastic, or bone spacer is inserted between the two adjoining vertebrae. This spacer, or cage usually contains bone graft material. This promotes bone healing and facilitates the fusion naturally. After the cage is placed in the disk space, your surgeon may add stability to your spine by using a plate or screws to hold the cage in place
Most patients who undergo ALIF can expect improvement of lower back pain and disability in weeks to months following surgery.
Number of cases
Till date we have performed over 8 lakh ALIF cases with a high rate of success.